How to get blemish free skin – Part 1

Blemish Free Skin Care Tips

A couple of months ago I looked in the mirror and said enough’s enough! My skin seemed to be the place where blemishes came to let loose and I figured it was time to shut that party down and set a course for  blemish free skin…

I could probably count on one hand the amount of times I’ve had flawless skin post-puberty. Funnily enough one of those times was when I broke up with a boyfriend. I was in such a happy place; visibly radiant, lost some weight and was feeling pretty awesome until I started dating this other guy who completely ruined my vibe. I ended up worse than where I started with this awful break out across my forehead.

When I think about it, whilst everyone’s raving about sunscreen perhaps they should also acknowledge the havoc men can wreak on skin care! Of course on a good day they can kind of make it glow too… ahem… I digress…

So back to the pursuit of blemish free skin – now in my 30s I figured it’s time for a change. I’d like to reach some kind of skin nirvana before the wrinkles of wisdom make their debut and like most things if you really want to make a change you need to make a plan…

The blemish free skin action plan

Inspired by my theme for the year, I thought the best way to tackle this was to be decisive. So notebook in hand, I wrote a two pronged assault approach to tackle blemishes, hyperpigmentation and overall complexion:

  1. work from the inside out: diet and supplements.
  2. work from the outside in: skin care products and routine.

This lead me to researching how these two steps could help tackle the aforementioned issues. With that info I began making some changes, first to my diet then to my skin care products and routine.

Some things have made a huge difference (recalls those ‘smooth skin’ compliments) and others caused some major set backs (recalls the ‘grainy’ skin weeks).

Whilst I haven’t quite reached blemish free skin (my hyperpigmentation and vulnerability to hormonal breakouts, still being an issue) I have made some good progress and discovered some fascinating things which I’ll share in a series of ‘skin care sunday’ posts of which this is the first, and the next will tackle:

Until then please do share your blemished beauty experiences in the comments box below. Would love to know if you’ve been tackling blemish prone skin for a while? or managed to turn your skin around? Let me know but for now I’ll leave you with this list of 50 fascinating facts about skin care I stumbled across

50 facts about your skin

50 incredible facts about your skin

Disclaimer: I’m not a dermatologist or a beauty professional. I’m only writing this series to share my experience of tackling the frustration of having blemish prone skin and hope it’ll be helpful to others who have the same issue. Feel free to share your experiences, recommendations, tips and such x

Amongst many other things, I'm a 30-something contemplative Londoner making the daily commute between contentment and ambition.When not blogging, I'm using my talents for good as communications director at Gingerland and co-founder of Love Harlem.


  • Reply June 23, 2013


    I’ve just started on the same mission! I’m turning 30 and looked in the mirror the other day and thought ‘enough is enough’! I’ve always had eczema and I know how to deal with that but now I have pimples, across my forehead and got a breakout of spots down the sides of my face and neck which I believe are due to the iron supplements I was taken.

    Starting one week ago I converted to black soap. That’s the only cleaning product I’m using on all of my skin and I’m moisturising with on of the following: home made olive oil, brown sugar , lemon and honey scrub which is lovely! Home made apple cider vinegar toner and some days I’ll follow this with either aloe vera gel or Lush’s Dream Cream.

    It’s been my routine for a week so far my skin feels moisturised but I’ll give it month to see if helps me to get gorgeous skin.

    One more thing. I’m also cleaning my hair more and keeping it out of my face to tackle the forehead pimples.

    • Reply June 24, 2013


      Oh don’t get me started on supplements! I actually have a post due on a few things I found out about multivitamins and skin care. Didn’t know about iron having an effect though. I take ferrous gluconate myself for anaemia so I’ll definitely look into if it could be causing any flare ups.

      Like you, I think the best approach is to try something for some time before making a decision if it works or not. In my next post I’m working on I share a bit more about finding products that yield initial benefits but after a while stope being effective. It can be very frustrating and for years I just assumed I was the problem but now I’m finding that perhaps these products weren’t as good as I initially thought, for me at least. Skin care’s such a personal thing. As they say one man’s poison is another man’s pleasure.

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